Given a problem to solve, any problem: how should people go about finding the best solution? Should they, pray, consult their chosen holy book, attend a religious service and then finally decide, or should they do something else, something that's more closely directed to examining the specifics of the problem?
It has frequently seemed to me that god-based decision making and problem solving is to often an end run around the line of reality to be a good first choice problem-solving tool for anything or anyone. Often, although a particular god-based solution may seem to satisfy and please the church and its community, the result ends up being a shade short of being the best possible solution. Words from the pulpit that say "God wants this or that" don't fit for most situations and I think this is an important message to spread to church-goers. The opinions of the church, and even the opinions of God as they may be written out in scripture, may not be the best ones to follow.
When faced with a decision in need of making or a problem in need of a solution, I hope it becomes a common practice for all people to think things through thoroughly first, to get all the facts and measure all the risks, twists and turns of possibility imaginable, and then to finally decide upon an answer or an action. If it feels right to pray afterwords... well fine. Pray if you'd like, but keep it in mind that 2+2 will always add up to 4 and the price for a cup of coffee will still be a buck twenty-nine.
If this message became the rule of thumb for everyone, our world would be a better place.
.What's the best way to decide something - anything?